Fall of Rome And the End of Civilization

ISBN-10: 0192807285
ISBN-13: 9780192807281
Edition: 2006
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Description: Why did Rome fall? Vicious barbarian invasions during the fifth century resulted in the cataclysmic end of the world's most powerful civilization, and a 'dark age' for its conquered peoples. Or did it? The dominant view of this period today is that  More...

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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/7/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Why did Rome fall? Vicious barbarian invasions during the fifth century resulted in the cataclysmic end of the world's most powerful civilization, and a 'dark age' for its conquered peoples. Or did it? The dominant view of this period today is that the 'fall of Rome' was a largely peaceful transition to Germanic rule, and the start of a positive cultural transformation. Bryan Ward-Perkins encourages every reader to think again by reclaiming the drama and violence of the last days of the Roman world, and reminding us of the very real horrors of barbarian occupation. Attacking new sources with relish and making use of a range of contemporary archaeological evidence, he looks at both the wider explanations for the disintegration of the Roman world and also the consequences for the lives of everyday Romans, in a world of economic collapse, marauding barbarians, and the rise of a new religious orthodoxy. He also looks at how and why successive generations have understood this period differently, and why the story is still so significant today.

Did Rome Ever Fall?
The Fall of Rome
The Horrors of War
The Road to Defeat
Living under the New Masters
The End of a Civilization
The Disappearance of Comfort
Why the Demise of Comfort?
The Death of a Civilization?
All for the Best in the Best of All Possible Worlds?
From Potsherds to People
Chronology
Notes
Bibliography
Picture List
Index

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